【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】The way I am ~1~ IELTS目標スコア取得

Hi, everyone. How have you been? 

As I mentioned before, this time I want to talk about myself. It might be long, so I will divide it into two blogs.

I finally got the required IELTS score to study business in Australia! IELTS is an abbreviation for International English Language Testing System, and it’s predominantly a test for non-native English speakers who want to study and get a job in Australia, England, or Canada. The test has listening, reading, writing and speaking sections. The overall score is a combination of the individual section’s scores; therefore, the hardest part is to get a good score in all modules at the same time. I didn’t know any specific strategies for passing the test and the examination fee is high, thus I can’t take the test many times.

I started aiming to get the required IELTS score when I came back to Japan from Australia, where I was on a working holiday visa, around 2 years ago. At that time, it was so hard to make time for studying and I had to make money to pay back my college scholarship. I also needed to save money for my future tuition fees,  IELTS examination fees, and unfortunately, I had to get braces. Of course I had to handle it by myself, so I was in a difficult situation.

However, I made the decision to pay off all my debts, to save money for studying abroad, and to get the desired score within 2 years. Then, I would definitely go back to Australia. For 2 years, I worked three or four jobs at the same time and studied very hard, late into the night. The way I studied for IELTS was very simple. I looked for the IELTS textbooks with the best reviews online and bought them. Then, I did the exercises repeatedly. This way might not be the best way to get a high score but, it was good enough for me. The score I got is actually not very high. However, I am proud of myself that I could achieved this score. I was able to bounce back after my difficulties and achieve my goals after a lot of sacrifice.

I think I’ll call it here! I’ll give you some study tips. ( not really) 

See you!





IELTSとはInternational English language testing system の略で、主にイギリスやオーストラリア、カナダでの進学や就職を目指す英語のノンネイティブの人達のためのテストです。リスニング、リーディング、ライティング、スピーキングの4つのセクションに分かれていて、結果は4つのスキルごとのスコアと4つスキルのオーバーオール(平均点)が出ます。4つのスキルがあるので一気にレベルがあげられない、どう攻略すればいいのか分からない所が私にとっての最大の難関でした。また受験料もとても高く、そう何度も受けられない点も非常に大きな壁でした。





【オーナー酒井の日常ブログ】IELTS test results〜〜アイエルツテスト結果発表

【IELTS test preparation】アイエルツテスト対策まず一番にすべきこと




【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 後半(2)

Hi, everyone! This is the last post about the Kansai region! Have you been enjoying them? 

I am going to talk about Kobe’s other aspects. I think many people already know this, but there was a big earthquake in Kobe and Awaji in the past. The earthquake took the lives of many people. There is an earthquake memorial museum called “Hito to mirai no Bousai center” in Kobe. The museum exhibit has many pictures and videos of the victims and a life-sized model of a street after the disaster. They look so real that some school teachers, who were victims, cried when they visited the museum.

The exhibits also introduce some helpful ways to prepare, escape, and protect yourself if you are caught in an earthquake. Currently, we are not able to forecast when and where an earthquake will happen, so I think the museum is really helpful.

On the other hand, Kobe is home to one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan. The name of the town is “Nankinmachi”(南京町). This town is not that big, but you can feel like you are in China there. In addition, there is a Family Mart convenience store in front of the gate, but it is decorated in a Chinese style and most store clerks are Chinese too:)

Now, I want to recommend some restaurants in Chinatown. The first is “Roushouki”(老祥記), a shoronpo (steamed bun) restaurant. It is located in the center of the town, and it often has long lines in front, so you can’t miss it. The shoronpos are not too big, so they are easy to eat, and they are juicy and very good.

Across from Roushouki, there is a roasted pork specialty shop called Ekiseigou(益生號). They only sell roasted pork, but it is very tasty. There is also “Frantz” sweets shop on the south side of the town. The red exterior looks like a fancy western shop, and they sell delicious “caramel custard jar puddings”. Another sweet that I recommend is the cheesecake from Kannonya. Unfortunately, it is not sold in Nankinmachi. This cheese cake is kind of unique. You can take it home and have it right away or heat it up in your oven to melt the cheese and enjoy a warm treat.

The final city in the Kansai region I want to talk about is Osaka, one of the most famous cities in Japan. There are many sightseeing places in Osaka, but my favorite is the tourist area “Doutonbori”. There are many cheap restaurants. This place is also famous for takoyaki. Another famous sightseeing place in Osaka is Osaka Castle. The castle was Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s passion project. It is a spectacular and beautiful building, but there is a problem in my opinion: it has become a museum. For this reason, the inside of the building has been updated to include elevators, TVs, videos introducing history, and exhibitions behind glass panels. It has become too famous. However, it is still well preserved, and the Golden tea room is a beautiful spot that I highly recommend. 

Another nice spot in Osaka is Kaiyuukan, one of the biggest aquariums in Japan; there is even a whale shark! It is located across the bridge from Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Recently, USJ has been holding many unique events and received high evaluations from kids to adults! Especially, the Jurassic Park area is known to have the most fun rides. Here, I’d like to give advice about the Fast pass. Unlike Disneyland, we can buy the fast pass in advance and it is definitely worth it, so I recommend that you buy them for the days when it’s expected to be crowded. 

The last recommended sightseeing spot is Tsuutenkaku, also known as Osaka Tower. A famous statue of Biriken, the god of happiness, is enshrined inside Tsuutenkaku. They say, if you rub the statue’s feet, you will get lucky. Give it a try! Shinsekai, at the foot of Tsuutenkaku, is a famous place for Kushikatsu restaurants. I recommend that you try some and find your favorite Kushikatsu restaurants! Kushikatsu is a well-known dish from Osaka, it is fried vegetables and meat skewers that you dip in a special sauce and enjoy with a beer.

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed reading it. I really want to write more, but I already wrote a lot. If you’re interested, we can talk more in person at the cafe! I will talk about other topics next time! See you.





は焼豚専門店の”益生號”です。ここでは焼豚しか販売されていませんが、こだわっている分やはりおいしいです。このお店は老祥記のすぐ斜め前にあります。また、この南京町の南側に真っ赤な洋風のお店の「Frantz」があります。ここのツボプリンは絶品です(^▽^)/ ぜひ食べてみてくださいね!南京町では販売されていないですが、神戸のもう一つのおススメのお土産は、「観音屋」というスイーツショップです。ここのチーズケーキは一風変わったチーズケーキを販売しています。それはなんと、オーブンで温めて食べるチーズケーキなんです。実際温めると、上にのったチーズが程よく溶けて絶品です!


家族で楽しめるスポットでは、海遊館もあります。世界最大級の水族館でジンベイザメも見ごたえ満点です(^▽^)/その海遊館から橋を越えた向こう側はUSJですね!最近多くの画期的なコラボ企画やイベントを行っているUSJですが、その評価も高く子供から大人まで楽しめます!特に、最近はジュラシックエリアがリニューアルし、ますます魅力的なアトラクションが増えてきました!ここで一つアドバイスですが、USJは人気のアトラクションのファストパスが販売されているので、混雑が予想される日に行く場合は事前に買っておくことをお勧めします( ・´ー・`) 




【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(1)

【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai ~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(2)

【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 後半(1)

【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 後半(1)

Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time! How have you been? Today we’ll be revisiting the Kansai region and this time I’m going to talk about Nara and Kobe. First, let’s take a look at Nara.

Nara is famous for having many world heritage buildings, shrines, and temples. I especially recommend that you go to “Yakushiji”. Yakushiji is one of the most famous temples in Nara. It has a building to commemorate the gods of medicine.

You can enjoy seeing beautiful ancient statues as well as listening to a special sermon from a Buddhist monk; it’s surprisingly funny! The monks of Yakushiji manage to grab the hearts of everyone listening — the students, the teachers, the guides and the tour conductors with their comedic storytelling skills. They are so famous that people from all over Japan come to listen to them.

Speaking of Yakushiji’s monks, my favorite monk is Mr. Murakami. He is the funniest monk in Yakushiji. It’s difficult to get a chance to talk to him because he has always been popular and is always surrounded by students and teachers. However, I got a chance to talk to him once. I told him I was his biggest fan and got to shake his hand.

Speaking of Nara, there is also the Todaiji Temple Daibutsu and many deer in Nara Park. First, I would like to talk about the Daibutsu. A long time ago, Japan was stricken by a great famine and natural disasters. The Shomu emperor built the Daibutsu statue of the buddha to pray to god for help. He collected gold and wood from all over Japan to build it. Since its construction, it has been damaged by fires and sometimes by disasters and war, but it has always been rebuilt by people and it still stands today. 

One time, the Daibutsu’s eyeball got damaged and they tried to repair it, but they had no idea how to reach inside and place a new one there. One guy rose to the challenge. The man went inside the Daibutsu eye and he pulled the eyeball into place from the inside. Everyone was curious about how the man would come out from there. The man emerged from the Daibutsu’s nose! He was admired as clever by everyone who saw him. A famous Japanese saying about cleverness was created from this story “目から鼻に抜けた” (me kara hana ni nuketa) which literally means “through the eye, out the nose”.The meaning is similar to the English saying “as sharp as a needle.”

By the way, in the temple, there is a column with an opening as wide as Daibutsu’s nose hole and legend has it that people who crawl through it will become smart.

Deer were also considered sacred at a similar level to Daibutsu because legend has it that some gods used deer as mounts when traveling. So, I will discuss a few stories about deer in Nara. Did you know one of the Hanafuda cards has drawings of a maple tree and a deer? Once upon a time, a boy called Sansaku was practicing calligraphy in a room but a deer came into the room and suddenly ate his paper. The paper was his best work. He was angry and he threw a paperweight at the deer to dismiss it, but accidentally killed it. At the time, if someone killed a deer, they would have received the death sentence even if they were kids. So, Sansaku was forced to dig a grave by himself. He went into it with the deer’s dead body and was buried alive with it and covered by rocks and blocks. His mother was very sad and she planted a maple tree on the grave as an offering.

Killing a deer wasn’t the only deer-related law the people of the town had to follow. If a deer died in front of someone’s house in the morning by accident, they had to pay 3 mon (Japan’s old currency). So, they usually woke up early to check whether a deer had died or not in front of their house. If a deer had died, they dragged it to the next house and left it there. When the town patrol came around in the morning, whoever’s house it was found in front of had to pay the 3 mon fine. Legend has it that “早起きは三文の得” (hayaoki ha 3-mon no toku which literally means those who rise early get 3-mon or the early bird catches the worm) came from this.

Now, I’ll talk a bit about Kobe. Kobe is a sophisticated and beautiful town, famous for its shoe industry. Therefore, this town is called “Hakidaore no machi”. Kobe used to also be known for its port tower. That tower has many stores and activities you can participate in. For example, when night falls the place becomes a romantic, illuminated place.

There is another romantic spot in Kobe called “Akashi Big Bridge” that also lights up at night.

In my next post, I’ll mention some other facts about Kobe and surveniors as well as Osaka! Please check it out. (^▽^)/


皆さんこんにちは!お久しぶりです(^▽^)/ 今回は関西第2弾として奈良、神戸です!まずは奈良からスタートです!





そんな東大寺ですが戦や自然災害により損壊を繰り返し、その度修復され今現在の姿で祀られています。そんな折、目の修復をしなくてはいけなくなった大仏様ですが、みんなどうやって内側から目をはめたらよいのかと頭を悩ましていた時、一人の男が名乗りを上げました。その男は大仏様の目から体内に入り、内側から目を付けました。その後みんなどうやってその男が大仏様の体内から出てくるのか見守っていると、その男は大仏様の鼻の穴から出てきました。そうして「目から鼻に抜けた賢い男だ」と称賛を浴び「目から鼻に抜ける」=賢いという意味になりました。英語では”as sharp as a needle”が意味の近い表現になります。




また、鹿関連の被害はそれだけでなく他の庶民にも及びました。もし家の前で鹿が偶然死んでいたら、罰金としてその家は3文を払わなくてはいけませんでした。そのため家の人は朝早く起きて家の外に鹿が死んでいないか確認し、もし死んでいたら隣の家に引きずって置いたそうです。そしてその隣の家も家の前で見つけたら隣の家に、という形で最後に見つかった家は罰金として三文を役人に払わなくてはいけなかったそうです。ここから「早起きは三文の得」ということわざが生まれたという逸話が残っています。ちなみに英語でも同じ意味のことわざがあり、”The early bird gets the worm.”です。


他の名所で言うと明石大橋も有名ですね!夜はライトアップされるのでここもロマンティックなスポットとしても有名です。そんな華やかな神戸のまた別の違う顔と、お土産、そして最後大阪を次回後編(2)にてお話したいと思います(^▽^)/ お楽しみに!
【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 後半(2)はコチラ

【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai ~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(2)

Hi, everyone! This time I’m going to talk about my recommendations for souvenirs and restaurants in Kyoto! 

Do you remember that I recommended you to go to Kiyomizu temple? The other reason I strongly recommend this temple is because of the souvenirs! Don’t you buy Yatsuhashi every time you travel to Kyoto? I will give you my latest recommendations for sourveniors. I recommend visiting the main path that leads to Kiyomizu Temple because it is surrounded by many souvenir shops. Below I will tell you about some of the different souvenirs you can purchase.

Firstly, Kyo-Baum. Many souveniors shops sell it, and it’s not expensive. The sweetness of the macha and baumkuchen match each other really well without being too sweet overall.

Next is Ajyari-mochi, sold at the Japanese sweet shop, Mangetsu. The shop is located in the basement of Kyoto station, and it always has a long line. Sometimes the line is so long that it goes all the way around the shop. The worst case scenario is that it is sold out. But, at the beginning of the Kiyomizu path, if you turn left onto Sannen-zaka, there is another Mangetsu who also sells Ajyari-mochi. You don’t need to queue up and the mochi is freshly made. The texture is more like manjyu than mochi. They are moist and soft, making it easy for old people to eat.

There is a seasonings shop that is near to Mangetsu, called Ochanoko-sai-sai. They sell Maiko-han-hi-hi”, which is a very spicy chili. If you like spicy flavors you will love it. I also recommend you buy Kyo-no-odashi. Add it to Miso Soup or nimono to make it more flavourful and delicious.

If you continue up hill on the Kiyomizu path, about half way up, there is a narrow path on the right. This path is easy to miss so you have to look for it carefully. When you find the path, there is a famous hidden shop, Fumonan. This shop also sells Japanese sweets and manjyu which are named Ofukuhan. These manjyu are also very delicious. They also sell Yasai-Karinto. These were so amazing because I have never eaten Karinto like this before! I can confidently recommend these.

Continuing up the hill, there is a sweets shop with a western style exterior on the left named MALEBRANCHE. The best-selling sweet is a western style sweet called Langue de chat. It is western style, but it tastes like Macha. The inside is very creamy, and the outside is crispy.

The only sweet that I could not buy on Kiyomizu street is a cake named Saganomichi. This cake is wrapped in bamboo leaf, the cream inside is sweet, and the sponge is soft. It is so delicious. This cake used to be served to the teachers every time they had a meeting. There is a cake shop in Kyoto station where it is sold so please check it out on your way home.

After shopping and sightseeing the next thing to do is lunch. Luckily, there are many restaurants in Kyoto. I will recommend a restaurant that is hidden near the Kiyomizu temple. The name is Shokudo Endou. This is mainly a tuna restaurant and it is located in residential area. Many people wait in the line outside of the restaurant during lunch time. They have a variety of good food, the quality is awesome, and it is not so expensive. When I went there, we were not allowed to take a pictures. If you want to get more information please feel free to ask me!

Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. Next time, I am going to talk about Osaka, Kobe, Nara. Pease check again soon!











【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai ~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(1)はコチラ

【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 後半(1)はコチラ






【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(1)

Hello, everyone! How have you been? My boss, Mrs.Sakai, came back from maternity leave so I can’t see you as much as before, and I miss you, but I’m also looking forward to talking to you when we meet at the cafe!

In this blog, I will talk to you about Kansai and Kyoto, which I have mentioned previously. Kansai is actually the most popular place to travel for school and company trips. When I was a tour guide, I spent half a month in Kansai during the busy season, I have many sweet and bitter memories about the place. This time the main topic is sightseeing.

Firstly, Kyoto! Kyoto is the most famous place for sightseeing in Japan and is always crowded. Which season is the best to go? I think spring or fall are the best, but summer and winter are also good. Kyoto is in a basin, which means summer is very hot and winter is freezing cold.

When it comes to transport, there are a some different ways to get around the city. The main ways are the local bus, train, taxi and on foot or bicycle. The most common way with is the local bus, but I don’t recommend it because it’s always crowded in the bus, and the routes are complicated, so it’s very inconvenient. The way I recommend is taxi or train. If you have many friends you can choose a one-day chartered taxi. The reason I recommend this is because it’s easier to catch taxies and not so expensive. The train runs many times everyday, so you might want to buy the one day train/bus ticket combination.

Speaking of sightseeing the best place to go sightseeing in Kyoto is Kiyomizu temple, because there are many different structures and landscapes to see. Ryoma Sakamoto’s grave is also located near Kiyomizu temple and I will talk later about more reasons to visit.

The second most famous place in Kyoto is Fushimi-inari shrine, this place is also very popular as Kiyomizu temple. There are many torii gates which lead into hills. The path which leads to the temples has a gentle incline at first, but it gets steeper after a while, by the end It feels like we climbed a small mountain. There are many Oinari stands around there that are also popular.


In Kyoto the Maikos are very famous. They usually appear around Gion and Ponto-cho, but it’s difficult to find them because they are busy training and working. If you find them, you are very lucky. I actually got the chance to talk to them before and I heard a lot of interesting stories. Do you know why they paint their faces white? During those times there was no electricity, so they used candles for light. The candle light made their makeup look even more beautiful.

How do they become Maiko? Actually, they need to be very determined and begin at a young age. They generally have to start training just after graduating junior high school.

Firstly, they go to Okiya (kind of agency company) with their parents to get an interview. When they pass it, they can start to become Maiko. Their training is very strict! They have to learn traditional Japanese dancing, Kyoto dialects, proper manners and playing instruments, like a Koto. They are not allowed to have their own cellphones, when they need it for work, cellphones are handed out to them. They also basically can’t go to fast food shops and they are not allowed to meet with anyone outside for work. Many girls around 15 years old can’t handle it, so many girls give up on becoming Maiko.

How about Payment? Basically, they don’t get payment, they get some money as their allowance. Their living cost, Kimonos and lessons are paid for instead of getting a salary. Hair accessories and kimonos are especially expensive.


When you become a Geisha, they can get salaries but they usually have to get out of their Okiya and be independent. When I met and talked to them, they were so mature and sophisticated, I couldn’t believe they were teenagers, and I respected that they are known as a symbol of Japanese beauty.


Continuing on from sightseeing, Arashiyama is also very famous. The Katura river flows through Arasiyama where the Togetukyou bridge crosses over the river. I believe you can feel a real Japanese atmosphere there. Every season the trees on the mountain change colour so it is especially beautiful. I have to recommend the Trocco train and Suzumushi-temple. This train runs the same speed as a bicycle, because this train is for enjoying views.


Suzumushi (bell cricket) Temple is a very famous and spritual temple, not only because there are many bell crickets inside the temple, but also in order to buy a charm at Suzumushi Temple you must first listen to a sermon, which is very different compared to the other temples found around the world.


I really want to talk about more but I’m going to finish this first one volume. I am going to talk about Kyoto’s souvenirs next time!

See you next time!

















【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Let’s go to Kansai ~関西へおいでやす~ 前半(2)はコチラ













また、海外のコンビニはいったいどんなものかと調査するため、滞在中に台湾のファミリーマート(通称、全屋)に行ってきました。意外と普通で、制服や店内は日本とそっくりでした。しかし、一点明らかに違うのは「おでん」です。つゆが黒い・・底がまるで見えないほどの黒さでした。そして、ゆで卵が殻付きで売られていました。買う時間がなかったので、写真にだけ収めてきました。皆様台湾にご旅行の際はぜひこの「黒おでん」お試しあれ(^▽^)/ しかし、そんな中「海外のカップラーメン」は実食してきました。同じくコンビニの日本円で200円ぐらいのラ王の様なカップラーメンを食べてみました。すべて中国語で書かれていたので、私の作り方が悪かったのか分かりませんが、あまり美味しくはありませんでした。。。しかし、ガイドブックにはたくさんおいしそうなインスタントラーメンがあったので皆さんもぜひ台湾に行った際は食べてみてくださいね。


いかがでしょうか?アジアの観光地の中でも1位2位を争うほど人気の高い台湾。実は5,6月は台湾観光のシーズンになります。ぜひ行って見てくださいね(^_-)-☆ 最近海外続きだったので、次回は私の大好きな「京都」を取り上げたいと思います(^▽^)/

 Hello, everyone! It’s getting hotter and hotter, isn’t it? Today, I want to talk about my foreign country tour guide training program trip in Taiwan. I hope you enjoy reading about my episodes and experiences in Taiwan.

~Relationship with Japan~

It only takes 3 or 4 hours to travel between Japan and Taiwan, which makes them popular destinations for citizens of both countries to visit for work, studies, and sightseeing. I guess many Japanese people think Taiwan is pro-Japan. Actually, I was helped a lot by many Taiwanese people during my time in Australia on a working-holiday Visa but why are they Pro-Japan? I heard a story from my Taiwanese friends. A long time ago, Japan won the war and occupied Taiwan. The occupation was not ideal for Japan because Taiwan at the time was underdeveloped. Japan helped to develop it by building schools, hospitals and aqueducts, and Taiwanese didn’t forget the gesture.

Regardless of the past, Taiwan has generous, helpful people who cherish their friendships deeply, and a lot of interesting culture.


Taiwan had a 1 year “military system” for men, but people who were born after 1992 are only drafted for 4 months of basic training. But there is still a place where we can see real soldiers in Taiwan. This place is called “Tsuonrietu,” which used to be “Taiwan Gokoku shrine.” This place has a building that was built to commemorate those who died during war. Two guards, who passed difficult examinations and strict training, are always standing guard in front of the gate. Every few hours, the “changing of the guard” takes place. Their moves are so synchronized that they look like mechanical dolls. It is amazing!

There is a place in Taiwan that the movie “Spirited Away,”  a big hit in Japan, was based upon. This place is called “Chiufen.” The place looks almost exactly the same as the movie. It is located near a big, famous goldmine. After the war there was less and less gold in the mine until it was eventually closed. It was left untouched that way for many years. Due to “Spirited Away” and the artistic style of the area, “Chiufen” has enjoyed a renewed popularity recently. It can be enjoyed both during the day with the beautiful, natural scenery that surrounds it, and at night because of the brilliant show of lights that illuminate it.


Two hours away from Chiufun, “Danshui” is famous for its landscape. Watching the sunset from on top its famous bridge is especially beautiful. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants near the bridge. 


I think the “night market” is one of the most famous things in Taiwan. I went to “Shirinieshi,” one of the biggest markets in Taiwan, with rows and rows of stands. They sell clothes, food, games and much more. I would recommend “Taachiipai.” It’s a huge, tasty chunk of fried chicken. I have never seen anything like it! I took a picture to compare its size to my face…this is what they call “giant” size!




Actually, this country is famous for “Peking duck”. I’m sure Peking duck is from “Peking” but in Taiwan you can eat it for a much cheaper price, and it is almost the same as in Peking. I went to Taiwan for the first time when I was in my early 20’s. When I found out that Peking duck was going to be served for dinner, I was excited, but I was shocked to see the duck roasted whole! But the taste was great…

 I went to “family mart” in Taiwan to see what it’s like. It was basically the same as the Japanese one, but I found an item that was very different from the Japanese version. It was a type of “Oden.” The soup was really dark, and the eggs were still in their shells! I didn’t have time to buy it, but i’m including a picture, so if you ever visit Taiwan you can check it out. I did eat “Instant Ramen” though. It was like “Raou,” and the price was almost 200 yen. It was written in Chinese, so I might have made it wrong, but it wasn’t that good anyway. But I did find many delicious-looking “Instant Ramen” in the guide books that you can try.


Speaking of Taiwanese food, pineapple cake is a really famous pastry. The texture is crispy and there is pineapple jam inside it. You can find this cake everywhere and it’s actually quite cheap but it still tastes great. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which sweets shop is the best, but the famous shops that appear in the guidebook are really great, even though they’re a bit expensive. 

Since May and June are the best season for sightseeing in Taiwan, try to visit around that time if you ever get the chance to go!

Recently I have been writing a lot about foreign countries, so next time I will tell you about “Kyoto,” one of the places I love in Japan!






Annyeong haseyo, everyone! The Pyeonchang Olympics and Paralympics were exciting this year, weren’t they? They were really moving! In 2020, they will be held in Tokyo, Japan. I expect that it will be a very exciting time for Japanese people.

Did you know that I’ve traveled to Korea before? Unfortunately, it wasn’t for the Olympics, but it was still amazing!

My trip wasn’t for business; I was there with my friend, on vacation. 

We traveled to Seoul by air. Since Korea is very close to Japan you can find many cheap flights, which makes it easy to get there. By the way, Korean airline jobs (especially cabin crew positions) are very popular among Korean people, so the requirements to work at an airline are very high. The cabin crew is so beautiful even on local flights because of this! Anyway, it took less than an hour to get to Incheon Airport. Incheon Airport is incredibly big and sophisticated, but since it`s quite isolated, we had to take a train to get to the main city. Well, at least the view from the train was nice. We stayed only 2 nights but we had a great time. Seoul actually is not that big. I think this is a good thing – it makes it easy to visit the main tourist spots. The aims of this trip were to enjoy food, sightsee and buy cosmetic products.

I was surprised that there were so many Japanese people. I almost thought I was in Japan! There were many Japanese signs on trains, shopping malls, etc. because many Japanese people visit, I guess. Myondon is the most famous town in Seoul; many people who work in Myondon can speak Japanese fluently. I’ve heard that many people who work in Myondon can speak not only Japanese but even Chinese. 

On the street, some people handed out sample face masks in front of their shops, similar to how Japanese people hand out “tisshu pakku”. When we showed interest in the samples, rather than simply giving them to us, they succeeded in getting us to enter the store by asking, “We have lots more inside, why don’t you take a look around for a few minutes?” I was attracted by their beautiful skin, and before I knew it I was leaving their store holding shopping bags filled with their products. There were so many skincare shops. By the way, according to my friend, local people usually don’t go shopping in Myondon because the products there are more expensive than in local shops.

Actually, the Korean people who I met in Australia took great care of their skin. They would often use face masks, and sometimes they would even take some thinly sliced vegetables and put them over their face. I met an Australian guy who had a Korean wife. He complained that his wife always took their daughter to the hospital just because she got a pimple:)

I was curious to see how Koreans take care of their skin in the hospital, so we went to see a dermatologist in the city. We were taken to an examination room and a doctor used some tool to pop our pimples… and it HURT! We groaned but the doctor didn’t care! After that, they put medicine on our bleeding faces, and then we washed up at a sink. I thought my skin looked a little bit more clear..? The salesperson from Myondon, the doctor and my Korean friends all said the same thing: “The most important thing to keep your skin beautiful is to have quality sleep, eat lots of vegetables, and exercise.”

The food was great, healthy and reasonably priced; I ate everything from meat to sweets. But the food was so spicy! I finally realized why this country loves spicy food – they put spices in everything! We could find kimchi everywhere and when we went to the supermarket, we could find many kinds of “Shin” ramen. I was interested in their kind of tea as well. There was everything from sweet “yuzu” tea all the way to regular barley tea. This country has a big tea culture too.

How about “Traffic”? In Korea the traffic lane is on the right, so the Korean people I met in Australia had a hard time switching to the left lane. They would say, “It was a little hard when we started to drive here.” Also, Koreans tend to drive a bit aggressively in general. I thought they drove too fast. Some of my Korean friends told me, “You must be careful when you cross the road in Korea.” One of my friends’ parents passed away in a car accident so I think it`s an important thing to always keep in mind.

I definitely want to visit Korea again. It was comfortable and enjoyable for me. We are actually going to start a new Korean language class at the cafe starting this April. Let’s learn Korean language and more about the culture together!

I really want to talk about Korea more, but I am going to finish here today. Because everything I’ve written here is my own subjective opinion, I really hope you can see it in person, then you can confirm for yourself whether what I’ve said is true. As one of my friends says, “Seeing is a thousand words!”

皆様アンニョハセヨー(^▽^)/ 今年の平昌オリンピック、パラリンピック盛り上がりましたね~!それぞれの種目で大きな感動を呼んだ今回の冬季オリンピック・パラリンピックですが、次は待ちに待った東京オリンピック!さらなる期待が予想されますね!さて、今回はオリンピック期間中ではありませんでしたが、一昨年行った韓国旅行についてお話したいと思います!今回は添乗のお仕事ではなく、友人とプライベートで行った韓国旅行についてです。

さて、福岡から飛行機に乗ってソウルへに行ったのですがやはり、韓国のエアラインはLCCもいくつか種類のある行きやすい国の一つですね!ちなみに、韓国のエアライン職業(特にキャビンアテンダント)はすごい人気の職業らしく、身長などもしっかり審査されるらしいです・・。やはりそのかいあってなのか、LCCのキャビンクルーの方々も目を見張るほどの美しい方々ばかりでした・・。さて、1時間かからないほどで韓国のインチョン空港へ到着しました。さすが、インチョン空港。大きい・・なんだか洗練された空港というイメージでした。それでも市内に行くには電車を使って行かなくてはいけないのですが、道中も変わりゆく景色を楽しめます。2泊3日とショートトリップでしたが、この日数があればソウルの要所要所をまわれる気軽さもいいですね(^▽^)/ やっぱり今回のメインは観光と食事と美容です(⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡














Hello everyone! So today I want to talk about the animals that I met while I was on business, to give you a heartwarming feeling.

The first animal is the “Nara Park Deer”. They are very famous, aren’t they? Once upon a time, one of these deer were treated as a sacred animal that the God rode upon. These deer are treasured as they were passed down by God. That’s why there are many deer in the park.

I have been there many times, and every time I go, I step on deer poo, or as I call them, “bombs”. There are many deer in Miyajima, Hiroshima too. But Nara Park’s deer have an interesting characteristic. They bow to us when we hold food up high for them. But If you do it many times without giving them the food, they will headbutt you. You have to be careful. (I have been headbutted before.)


The second animal is cats, which are called the “real manekineko”, on an island near Karatsu-city, Saga. For those in the know, this place is famous for the lottery winning god there. We can go there only by ship which gives it a more sacred feel. Why did my customers want to go there so much? Why did I get chosen to take them? I still have no idea, but I wanted to get rich. ( ´∀` ) I thought I would take the opportunity, even on business, to pray to the lottery god myself. This island is really small. You can go around the whole island in about 20 minutes if you focus on the main parts.

After I finished showing my customers around, I went to see the famous manekineko cats in the souvenior shop. Their names are “Fuku-chan(福ちゃん)” and ”Kane-chan(金ちゃん)”. In the shops, we can buy a small drawstring bag containing a lottery ticket. When we buy a bag, which has the cats drawn on it, the shop owner holds the bag up to the cats, the cats stand up to grab the bag! These are the same paws whose prayer gave luck to the lottery winners. Lastly, the shop owner rubs the bag on the cats’ bodies. 🙂 I bought a lottery ticket full of expectation, but I couldn’t win even 1 yen. We shouldn’t make profit by exploting others. (;^_^A


The third animal is the “Giant Rabbit” that I saw in a zoo. When I found it, I thought it was a cat because it was the same size as a cat. But actually, there are rabbits the size of pigs! I took a picture to see how big the rabbit was compared to me, but my face was as giant as the rabbit, so it didn’t work. But normal rabbits are supposed to be smaller. 


The last animal is “The Rats”. Unfortunately, I forget the name of rat species, but they have an interesting characteristic. When I put in my hands in the box of rats, they climbed my arms. They were the same size as hamsters, so I felt like I was holding many hamsters in my hands. They didn’t bite me; they just moved around my arms and hands. They were so cute! If you know the name of those rats, please tell me!


All the animals are so cute, aren’t they? I found out about them because I was a tour guide, so I could get the chance to experience many new things.

I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the cafe.

  皆さんこんにちは!(^▽^)/ さて今回は皆様にほっこりしてもらうため、添乗先で出会った「動物」たちを紹介したいと思います(*^▽^*)

まずは1匹目。「奈良公園の鹿」です!とても有名ですよね(^▽^)/ その昔、神様が乗って地上にいらした動物として「鹿」は神聖な動物として扱われていました。その名残として今でも、奈良公園には多くの鹿がいます。



では、2匹目。こちらは佐賀県唐津市の少し離島にある「宝当神社」の「リアル招き猫」ちゃんです。こちらは知る人ぞ知る、宝くじ祈願の場所です。船でしか行けないというところもまた神聖な感じがしますね。なぜ、添乗先でここなのか、なぜ私だったのか、今だ謎ですが、私も一獲千金を狙う金の亡者です( ´∀` ) 添乗でもあやかる気満々でした。さて、この島は要所だけをまわれば、20分くらいで行けるほど小さな島です。










Hello, everyone! How have you been? It’s still super cold these days. My blog is a little short this time, but I want to introduce my favorite place to you.

It is “Showa no machi” in Bungo-takada City, Oita. This town has been in the news recently; have you heard of it? “Showa no machi,” as its name suggests, symbolizes the Showa period. The town replicates the feel of 1950’s Showa and the goods from the Showa period are exhibited there.

 If you don’t know what it was like in Showa during the 1950’s, you might want to watch “Always ~ the sunset of 3-chome”. It will help.

 Anyway, I have been there once, and I was suprised how much it really felt like the “Showa” period. There I found the bonnet bus and the signs at the entrance which were reproduced from the original design as faithfully as possible. There is also a bookstore, a school, a candy shop, a Suzuki auto shop, and a family house. All of these were reproduced from the original designs. They are exhibited alongside some mannequins(manikins) which are dressed up in clothes from those days. It is the perfect place for reminding us of how life was in the past.

Oita also has many hot springs. In Nakatsu there is the famous Karaage, and in Usa is the Usa shrine. These are all near “Showa no machi” so please visit those places also as well.(^▽^)/

I can give you some advice if you decide to go, and recommend some good places(^_-)-☆

I hope you can learn about the charm of traditional Japanese culture and use this knowledge as the foundation to expand your sense of global cultures.(^▽^)/









Hello everyone and Happy new Year(^▽^)/ How did you spend your New Year’s holidays? In my case, I watched “Kouhaku Utagassen(紅白歌合戦)to see Amuro-chan, and I cried loudly on New Year’s eve. (I am a big fan of Amuro-chan) I went shopping to buy “lucky bags” with my friends after New year’s day.

By the way, I was in Vietnam at this time 2 years ago for a school trip. I’m going to talk about this and the culture-shock I experienced, and give you some recommendations!


1  Many motorcycles

We never see this in Japan. When I went to Taiwan, I was suprised because there were many more motorcycles compared to Japan.  I couldn’t even cross the crosswalk by myself, and they didn’t stop in spite of my crossing. I mean, while I was crossing, they were still driving as if I wasn’t there.( ´∀` ) But when my students were crossing the crosswalk, I had to stand in the middle of the crosswalk to protect them. It was so scary.


2 Everything is cheap 

I recommend that you buy leather things and coffee. As I usually do, I went to the downtown to go shopping… I mean… study when I got a break time. Anyway, we could get those items for almost half price or 30% off compared to Japan. (It depends on which stores), also the quality is good. I thought that ” I might be able to buy brand items cheaper than Japan!? “So I went to “Chanel”, and I found out that those prices were the same price as Japan. I ran away from there in less than 2 minutes. By the way, speaking of Vietnam, not only “Pho” is  famous but also coffee too. Vitetnam is ranked second in the production of coffee in the world. Subjectively, Vietnam’s coffee has deep aroma, a litttle strong but also a little sweet. Please try it sometime!(^_-)-☆ By the way, I want to recommend beer which called “333”(Ba-Ba-Ba-) .This taste is similler to Japanese beer.


3 Food

I think some foods in Vietnam have a peculiar taste. I mean, those foods are made using many unfamiliar spices for us, so some foods can taste too strong for us. For example,”Pho”. We usually eat it at restaurant or convenience store in Japan, and it is seasoned to suit us, but when I ate it in Vietnam, it was made to their seasonings and Pakchis, so it had a stronger taste than Japan. Other dishes were almost the same. So, please give them a try whether or not they suit your taste. By the way, my favorite food was “Fried snakehead Mullet”, which is a type of fish. The fish was about 30cm. It’s body was skewered and deep fried, then put on a plate. So, we eat it whole on the same plate!


4 War

There were many buildings which remind us of the many wars in Vietnam. I went to the “war museum” in the city and a place called “Kuchi”, where Vietnamese people fought Americans during the war. The guide took us to a long underground tunnnel which was used to hide from the enemy. The guide told us how they fought America, who had the more modern weapons, and showed the clothes which they used to wear at that time. I was so suprised by their wisdom and bravery to win, despite the overwhelming odds. 

At the war museum, there were many bodies of preserved dead babies in formadehyde in the exhibit. Some students felt sick. In one of the exhibitions, there was a picture of “Beto-chan and Doku-chan” who became famous in Japan. At the night of the day, Doku-chan came to our hotel to make a speech for us. There was a translator and he made a speech about how cruel the war was, and how he hopes it won’t ever happen again. We all were moved by the speech. Then, my chief asked me to take him to the dressing room after the speech, so fortunately I could take some pictures with him. 🙂


Extra edition

By the way, I realized something while I was staying in Vietnam. No bird flew in the town. I have never seen “pigeons” which familiar to us in Japan. I asked the guide who sat next to me and she said “Ah, yeah. Maybe if they fly around there, they will be caught and eaten.”….I see. I got it.

Anyway, Vietnam is very attractive country as you can read. Nowadays, many Japanese companies are expanding to Vietnam, and the country is becoming more and more developed. I can’t write about all that I ate and experienced, so I hope I will be able to talk to you all at the cafe(⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡ See you then(^_-)-☆

 皆様明けましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いします(^▽^)/ さて、今年の年末年始皆様いかがお過ごしでしょうか?ふきこは年末は紅白で安室ちゃんを観て大号泣(こう見えて安室ちゃんの大ファン)して、年始は友人と心機一転して、デパートの福袋争奪戦に参戦して参りました。




日本ではまず見られないほどです。台湾に行った時もバイクの多さにびっくりしましたが、それを上回る多さです。横断歩道も怖くて一人では渡れません。しかも渡ってても止まらない( ´∀` ) なんといいましょうか、、渡っててもゆっくりしたスピードで突進してきます。さすがに、生徒たちを渡らせるときは体を張りましたが怖かった思い出があります。



やっぱり物価が安いのは魅力的ですね!私がお勧めしたいのは、ずばり革製品とコーヒーです。例にもれず、休憩時間をもらえば弾丸のごとく街中へ買い物・・勉強にいそしむのですが、革製品が日本の約3割から半額近い値段で買えます。ノーブランドでも、もちはいいですよ★(お店によります)。物価が安いことをいいことに、まさかブランド品も安いんちゃうんか!?というやましい気持ちで、シャネルに入ったら普通に日本と変わらない値段で2分で退散しました。さて、ベトナムと言えばフォーも有名ですが、コーヒーも有名です。なんと生産量は世界第二位です。個人的な意見として言えば、ベトナムのコーヒーは香りが深く、味もしっかりした少しストロングでもあり、その中に甘さもあるおいしいコーヒーでした。ぜひ、参考にされてくださいね(^_-)-☆ ちなみに、ベトナムの「333(バーバーバー)」というビールもお勧めです!日本のビールに似ていてとてもおいしかったですよ。





4 当時の戦争を物語るものが多くある





このように魅力たっぷりなベトナム。今や日本も多くの企業が進出し、さらに世界にも大注目されてます。ここに書ききれないほどもっと多くのことを経験したり見たり、食べたりしましたが、詳しくはカフェでみなさんとたくさん話せたらいいなと思います!(⋈◍>◡<◍)。✧♡ それではまたお待ちしております(^_-)-☆